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Jun 16, 2021

Manchin meets with Texas lawmakers on voting rights

The Hill

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) met with a group of Texas lawmakers on Wednesday to discuss voting rights, one day after he missed a Democratic caucus lunch where the group briefed senators.

Jun 16, 2021

Texas Black Leaders discuss 2021 legislative session

The Texas Signal

The NAACP Houston Branch hosted a crucial conversation with the community at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum last week to discuss how the latest bills in the Texas legislative session will impact the Black community.

Jun 14, 2021

Texas bill limiting teaching of current events, historic racism appears headed for governor

Katy Times

Texas GOP senators revived a contentious bill Friday night that would limit how Texas teachers can talk about current events and America’s history of racism in the classroom, hours after House Democrats seemed to have successfully killed the legislation. The bill now appears back on track to reach Gov. Greg Abbott's desk for approval.

Jun 6, 2021

The most divisive session’ – Senator Royce West braces for special session after polarizing days at the Capitol


Reflecting on the state of the Texas government after this most recent legislative session, State Senator Royce West (D-Dallas) feels that several important issues were not addressed, while lawmakers were left more polarized than ever.

Jun 2, 2021

CNN’s Brianna Keilar Grills Texas Lawmaker Who Helped Write Election Bill: ‘Why Are You OK With Suppressing Voting By People of Color?’

Media ITE

CNN’s Brianna Keilar grilled Texas state Senator Brian Hughes (R) on Wednesday, confronting him on his support of the state’s new voting bill.

Jun 2, 2021

Republicans say they’ll tweak part of Texas elections bill criticized for impact on Black churchgoers

Weatherford Democrat

Two days after House Democrats broke quorum to kill Texas' elections overhaul legislation, Republicans say they plan to use a special session to change a controversial provision that raised concerns it would hurt get-out-the-vote efforts by Black churches.

Jun 2, 2021

The Texas Legislature’s Sole Black Freshman Had Big Plans. She Ended Up Mostly Playing Defense.

KERA News for North Texas

State Rep. Jasmine Crockett, D-Dallas, approaches the Texas House like she does a courtroom: She wants everything on the record.

Jun 1, 2021

Texas Legislature Will Be Headed Back For Special Session, Question Is 'When'

Yahoo! News

Some of Gov. Greg Abbott's priority bills died when House Democrats walked out Sunday.

Jun 1, 2021

Texas Republican calls proposal to limit Sunday voting a typo

Houston Chronicle

One of the top Republican negotiators behind a failed Texas voting bill said it would have mistakenly limited early voting on Sundays, when many Black boers typically turn out.

Jun 1, 2021

Texas State Sen. Royce West on voting rights

Yahoo! News

Video: State Senator Royce West (D) comments on a restrictive Texas voting bill.

May 31, 2021

Texas Legislature Adjourns After Democrats Kill Elections Bill for Now


Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted Monday that he would not sign part of the budget that funds the legislative branch

May 30, 2021

Texas Democrats walk out of House chamber to stop debate on sweeping GOP-backed elections bill

The Dallas Morning News

The Democrats’ unusual protest of breaking the chamber’s quorum, tapped only three other times in Texas history, killed a divisive elections bill. But Gov. Greg Abbott promised to revive the legislation.

May 29, 2021

Bill aimed at keeping “critical race theory” out of Texas classrooms heads to the governor’s desk for final approval

Denton Record-Chronicle

Texas Republicans were claiming victory late Friday night, saying that they had successfully pushed through one of the most controversial education bills — which advocates said would make it more difficult to address racism in schools — despite last-ditch efforts by Democrats to kill the legislation through parliamentary procedures.

May 29, 2021

Agreement reached on election bill, Democrats claim they were left out of process

CBS Auston

After a process in which Democrats on the conference committee claimed they were essentially locked out from providing input, lawmakers have reached and filed a final agreement on major election bill Senate Bill 7, which has been no stranger to controversy and criticisms since it was first filed.

May 29, 2021

After House roadblock, GOP senators revive bill limiting school discussions of race, social issues

Austin American-Statesman

Republican senators sprang into action Friday night to resurrect a GOP bill limiting how race can be discussed in the classroom, paving over a roadblock thrown up by a Round Rock Democrat in the House.

May 28, 2021

State of Texas: Senator Royce West looks to move police accountability legislation


George Floyd legislation – The guilty verdict in the Chauvin trial is just part of the fight for accountability after the murder of George Floyd. Right now, legislation bearing Floyd’s name is stalled at the State Capitol. We speak with State Sen. Royce West, who filed the Senate bill, about the future of the act as well as his personal perspective on the verdict.

May 28, 2021

Fair Park renovation bill, SB 2181, awaits signature from Gov. Abbott

Spectrum News 1

The renovation efforts for Fair Park continue, and with the passing of Senate Bill 2181 in the House on Wednesday, lawmakers are one step closer to securing funds for the project.

May 25, 2021

State of Texas: ‘The most important thing we do’ Budget battle spotlights healthcare, education needs


The Texas House passed its budget Thursday night after a marathon debate to decide how to spend taxpayer money over the next two years. The big takeaway is more money for education.

May 25, 2021

Texas Sen. Royce West doesn't see George Floyd Act passing Texas Legislature


Despite the guilty verdicts in the Derek Chauvin trial last week, West does not believe the George Floyd Act, which would institute police reforms, will pass.
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